Kid Rock Offers Emotional Tribute to Dusty Hill of ZZ Top

by Keeli Parkey

After the news broke that ZZ top bassist Dusty Hill passed away on Wednesday, July 28, at the age of 72, numerous tributes to him have been shared by fans and his famous friends. One of those tributes was from his fellow rock star and friend Kid Rock.

The “Only God Knows Why” singer took to social media on Thursday, July 29, to share his thought about the late bassist.

“I loved Dusty Hill first as a player, singer, songwriter and performer,” Kid Rock began his Instagram post.

In addition to admiring the late ZZ Top member as a musician, Kid Rock also had a close relationship with Hill.

“I was privileged to also call him a friend,” he shared. “I will forever cherish our time on the road and on stage together.”

The “All Summer Long” singer also praised Dusty Hill for the person he was.

“An all-around tremendous human being, Texan and American,” Kid Rock also shared. “We lost another one of the greats today, but rock n roll never forgets. Rock on Dusty, Rock on. “

Dusty Hill Reportedly Passed Away at His Texas Home

Dusty Hill reportedly passed away at home in Houston, Texas. Along with his band, ZZ Top, Hill has left a major impact on the world of music – and pop culture in general. Their fans span all age groups. The band has been playing music during 1969.

His cause of death has not yet been shared. Earlier this month, however, it was reported that Dusty Hill was going back to Texas to deal with a hip issue. He originally broke that hip in a fall that took place on the ZZ Top tour bus during 2014. It was repaired with surgery, but bothered him for years after. Hip issues weren’t the only health problems Dusty Hill experienced. He once had surgery to get rid of kidney stones. In 2000, he was also diagnosed with Hepatitis C.

Others Join Kid Rock in Paying Tribute to the Late Dusty Hill

Kid Rock isn’t the only famous individual who shared their thoughts about Dusty Hill and what he meant to them. Unsurprisingly, two of the others were his ZZ Top bandmates – Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard.

“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX,” they posted to Facebook. “We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature, and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We’ll forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’ You will be missed greatly, amigo.”

Other tributes have been shared by such stars as Travis Tritt, John Fogerty, Ozzy Osbourne, Jason Isbell and more.